How do I know my air purifier is working? You may have purchased your air purifier to remove pet dander, other allergens, or other airborne debris from your home. Still, even if your air purifier is humming away, you may not know exactly how well your air purifier is working on the specific airborne debris you want to target. You may also not be sure about your air purifier’s airflow. Here are a few ways to tell if your air purifier is working.
Check the Air Filters
Many of the problems with airflow boil down to an issue with the filters. Air filters collect the debris, but when they become overfull, they restrict airflow through the purifier and limit their effectiveness. In one way, a slightly dirty air filter is a good sign that the air purifier is working. But, an overfull filter must be cleaned or replaced. An HVAC professional can tell you when it’s time for your air filter to be switched out.
Look at the Service Lights
Most air purifiers will have lights to indicate if something is wrong, the unit needs to be serviced, the filter needs to be changed, or if it has limited airflow. Your owner’s manual will highlight what each of the lights mean.
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Air Quality Monitors
You can purchase air quality monitors that work like thermostats. They will constantly tell you the quality of your air and therefore how well your air purifier is performing. If you choose to go this route, then you should make sure that the air quality monitor measures the air contaminants that you care about. You should also test multiple rooms to see how well your air purifier flows and if it is too small to get the air quality you want through your home.
Air Quality Tests
There are also one-off options for air quality tests. You can only test once or twice, but they are much less expensive than air quality monitors and could be all you need. Test your home’s air after your air purifier has been off for a while and then after it has been running for a day or so to assess what kind of impact it is making.
What Do You Do If Your Air Purifier isn’t Working?
What should you do if you find out that your air purifier isn’t cleaning your home’s air as much as you thought? It depends on the kind of problem you have. If you chose the wrong air conditioner for the contaminant that you want to target then you may need to go back to the drawing board. Your best bet is to work with an HVAC professional who can tell you what you need to do to get cleaner air.